Epic Disney Watchfest 13: Alice in Wonderland and The Emperor’s New Groove: A Wondrous and Groovy Review

If you recall, Brazle and I set out to watch every one of Disney’s traditionally-animated movies between March 11 and April 1. We did it!! Last Thursday, Brazle, Hayley and I watched the last film of the project, The Princess and the Frog. It was a super fun ride. Now, the only thing left is to complete my reviews. No sweat.

Before launching into Alice in Wonderland and The Emperor’s New Groove, I have to say – these movies are polar opposites for me. Emperor’s is one of my favorites while Alice is…..well, I’m unlikely to ever watch Alice again. I feel like you should know that. Alright, review time!!!!!!!

Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland is bizarre.

I think Alice in Wonderland is really bizarre, so I decided to match its bizarreness by writing it a poem that might or might not have a meter. Here we go. Continue reading

Epic Disney Watchfest 12: Peter Pan and Tarzan: A Review That Will Never Grow Up and If It Does It Will Be A Gorilla

I thought about trying to come up with some super duper clever intro, but decided that I want to get right to the reviews. So……..REVIEW TIME!!!!!!!! Peter Pan 10148549_1Guys, here’s what was going on when Peter Pan was released in February of 1953:  Continue reading

Epic Disney Watchfest 11: Lady and the Tramp & Mulan: The Pinnacle of Movie Reviews

If you are just joining us, please check out this page for info on what this is all about. My buddy Mattress commented recently that he would have to be paid a boatload of money to run through all these Disney movies like I’m doing. I said, “Why do you think I’m doing it???” and then admitted there was actually no boatload of cash. In reality, this process has been pretty crazy but also really fun. I mean, I’ve never watched 35 movies in 20 days. It’s zany and awesome. So zany and awesome, in fact, that I’m already looking for others similar undertakings to undertake. But, despite the ultra-amazingness that is this Epic Disney Watchfest, I can’t help but think that a moment will come where I can’t watch another single traditionally-animated film. It hasn’t quite happened yet, and that’s probably because we’re hitting the stretch of absolute Disney classics. But still, I feel like another shoe is going to drop any day now. We shall see. As things stand, it has been a really enjoyable ride, and I’m glad you’ve joined in with me. On to the reviews!!

Lady and the Tramp

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Lady and Tramp enjoy spaghetti while making movie history.

Ok people, your wait is over. The votes are in, and it’s clear you feel that I haven’t made enough wacky analogies in this film review series. Well, I intend to fix that right now. Continue reading

Epic Disney Watchfest 10: Sleeping Beauty and The Hunchback of Notre Dame: This Review Would Have Been Inked Were It Not Too Expensive

Guys, I hope you’re excited. We are to the point in this journey where we begin to encounter Disney’s most classic works. This review covers one of the best animated films ever, Sleeping Beauty, and, as we continue, we will be watching pictures such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, CinderellaPinocchio and many other great equally great movies. On the other side, we are leaving behind Disney’s modern treasures. Sadly, there will be no more Beauty and the BeastAladdin or The Lion King  to look forward to. But, that doesn’t mean there are no good films left. On the contrary, the second part of this review will cover The Hunchback of Notre Dame (which is nearly on par with some of those aforementioned modern treasures) while future reviews will include fun films like TarzanThe Emperor’s New Groove and The Princess and the Frog. Those are all good films to which I am very much looking forward. So, like I said, I hope you’re excited, because I sure am. This stretch run will be really, really fun. Okay, on to the reviews!

Sleeping Beauty

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Sleeping Beauty inspires beautiful artwork.

Alright, so Sleeping Beauty!! What to say, what to say?? Basically, it’s just one of Disney’s most classic and iconic films. No big deal. Continue reading

Epic Disney Watchfest 9: 101 Dalmatians and Pocahontas: An Extraordinarily Extraordinary Review

So, if you missed Epic Disney Watchfest 8, I explained that Brazle and I plowed through four movies last Monday. I reviewed the first two in that piece, Sword in the Stone and The Lion King. Now, I’ll turn my attention to 101 Dalmatians and Pocahontas.

101 Dalmatians

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101 Dalmatians in onederful.

101 Dalmatians is a very good animated film. Coming on the heels of Sleeping Beauty (which was unsuccessful at the box office, believe it or not), this was the last of the really classic Disney movies until the Disney Renaissance in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Of course, there are some other good movies between this and The Little Mermaid, but this work possesses a basic charm that was misplaced until Mermaid. Based on “The Hundred and One Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith, this movie tells the unlikely story of an evil woman named Cruella de Vil who dognaps ninety-nine dalmatian puppies in an effort to make a one-of-a-kind fur coat and the lengths to which one set of puppies’ parents (Pongo and Perdita) go to bring them all home. Yep, it’s an outlandish plot, but that kind of makes it awesome. The three things I like best about this movie are the story, animation and music. Continue reading

Epic Disney Watchfest 8: Sword in the Stone and The Lion King: A Pair of Appropriately Kingly Reviews

In case you don’t remember, my buddy Brazle and I recently decided to plow through every traditionally animated Disney movie by the end of March. We watched the first film on March 11, leaving us 19 days to get through the other 35 or so films. Throw out three days because we have a Bible study on Tuesdays and that leaves 35 films in 16 days. If you’re a mathematician or perhaps a rocket scientist or brain surgeon, you might be able to realize that 35 films in 16 days is pretty much two point one eight seven five films a day. Two point one eight seven five ANIMATED films a day. Of course, that is a fantastic situation in which to be. Now, you might be asking the question “Why would you ever want to do that??” Rest assured, there is an actual reason. But, since this is neither the time or place for an explanation, I’ll just leave my response at “It’s awesome.”

Unfortunately, we were a bit too casual with our movie-watching early on, so we got stuck in a position of having to watch four movies last Monday just to keep up. We made it through three and a half before even we decided “This is ridiculous.” The movies that evening were Sword in the StoneThe Lion King101 Dalmatians, and Pocahontas; we made it through all of them but Pocahontas, which I still need to finish (I tried to finish last night after Bible study, but my internet went out right as I started watching. Massive fail.) Since I don’t want to subject you to a 4,000 word blog entry, especially with my current too-narrow-of-a-reading-column-that-forces-you-to-scroll-and-scroll-and-scroll-and-scroll theme, I’ve decided to break this review into two parts. In part 8, I’ll cover Sword in the Stone and The Lion King. In part 9, I’ll cover 101 Dalmatians and Pocahontas.

Sword in the Stone

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This picture depicts the last five minutes of the film.

If Sword in the Stone were released today, it would probably be the most confounding decision of all time. Imagine this movie being pitched today: Continue reading

Epic Disney Watchfest 7: The Jungle Book and Aladdin: A Better Review Than Any Genie Could Ever Write

Hayley, Brazle and I screened The Jungle Book and Aladdin last night. Great stuff.  Let’s get right into the reviews.

The Jungle Book

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The Jungle Book is a great movie.

The Jungle Book is a really fun movie. In case you haven’t seen it, the film tells the tale of Mowgli, a human baby who is abandoned and raised by wolves deep in the jungles of India. When the wolves get word that the tiger Shere Khan is coming back to the jungle, they decide Mowgli must go live in the man-village; Bagheera the panther decides to take him there. Along the way, they meet up with Baloo the bear, and that’s when the story really picks up. The story is lighthearted compared to newer Disney films ie Beauty and the Beast, but like most of Disney’s best work, it has awesome songs and memorable characters. The jungle artwork is also really attractive. Overall, I would give this movie a 7.6/10, mostly due to the extremely awesome lineup of songs. Continue reading